Ignace BRAL | legal advisor in Brussels, Belgium |


After growing up in Kortrijk, West-Flanders (Belgium) and studying ancient Greek and Latin humanities at high school, I spent one year as an exchange student in the US, living with an American family in California and attending high school.  I then studied law at the universities of Leuven (Belgium), Poitiers (France) and Cambridge (England) – in the last place I obtained my LL.M. Degree in 1993-, before joining the Brussels bar in 1994.

After six years with some of Belgium’s most prominent firms (amongst which Allen & Overy and Verhaegen Walravens), I went in-house and became legal counsel of Virgin Express, the European low fares airline of Richard Branson, before it merged into Brussels Airlines.

Later I was further active in the aviation industry as Secretary General of the Belgian Air Transport Association and worked for other airlines.  In 2004-2005, I was part-time counsel with VITO, a Flemish research institute, where I advised on intellectual property licensing.

Since 2003, I have been combining long-term in-house assignments with an ad hoc practice as solo practitioner, focusing mainly on contract drafting, commercial and corporate law.

In my spare time, I endeavour long hikes (like the St. James’ Way), listen to opera and other classical music, read books and take care of my two teen daughters Charlotte and Elise.

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